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June 20, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court blocked restaurant owners from suing American Express over high fees Thursday, the latest in a series of 5-4 rulings have barred class-action claims against big corporations. The majority agreed individual restaurant owners could not afford the nearly $1 million cost of bringing an antitrust claim against Amex. But they ruled that an arbitration clause prevents the restaurant owners from joining together to sue. “The antitrust laws do not guarantee an affordable path to the vindication of every claim,” said Justice Antonin Scalia.
October 16, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Liberal professor Cornel West was one of 19 people arrested on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Sunday, according to the Associated Press, as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. West, a former Harvard University professor now teaching at Princeton University, took part Sunday in the dedication of the monument to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., an event that was delayed from August because of Hurricane Irene. He then, according to media reports, moved on to a protest at the home of the high court.
April 29, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has blocked Alabama from enforcing a state law that authorized the police to arrest and jail persons who hid or transported illegal immigrants. By an 8-1 vote, the justices let stand lower court rulings that said enforcing the immigration laws is the job of the federal government, not the states. Those rulings in turn were based on last year's Supreme Court ruling that threw out most of Arizona's strict immigration enforcement law. DOCUMENT: 2013 immigration reform bill Alabama's state attorney appealed to the high court earlier this year and argued that last year's decision in the Arizona case did not deal with a provision involving the transporting or concealing of illegal immigrants.
December 3, 2012 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Supreme Court did not address the California gay-marriage case on Monday morning. The next time they can consider it is on Friday. The case against Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in California, had been discussed by justices last Friday, but was not on the list of cases the court said it would review. Many speculated that the court might have decided not to take the case, which would let an appeals court ruling on the matter stand.
July 2, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Americans remain sharply divided on President Obama's healthcare reform law following the affirmation of most of its provisions by the Supreme Court . But, a new CNN/ORC poll reveals that there have been some positive, if slight, gains for the Affordable Care Act since its contentious passage into law. Fifty percent of Americans side with the Supreme Court in its ruling Thursday, with 49% disagreeing. As for the law itself, opposition to its provisions has dropped since 2011, the last time CNN asked the same question.
June 11, 2012 | By David G. Savage
Washington - The Supreme Court made clear Monday it is not willing to closely review the claims of the remaining Guantanamo Bay detainees, as the justices turned down appeals from seven inmates without comment. The court has left it to the Obama administration and federal judges in Washington to decide whether the detainees can be held indefinitely as military prisoners. Advocates for the detainees said they were disappointed. “The court has effectively abandoned its commitment to ensuring that individuals held in long-term detention at Guantanamo obtain meaningful review of their imprisonment,” said Jonathan Hafetz, a law professor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.
June 12, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's opinions protecting the right to free speech and public protest came back home Wednesday, prompting a judge to rule protesters have a right to carry signs on the court's marble plaza. Since 1949, Congress has made it illegal to demonstrate or to carry banners and signs on the Supreme Court's grounds, including the marble plaza in front of the court's main steps. Protesters are free to demonstrate or carry signs on the sidewalk outside the court. But U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell called the restriction on the plaza “repugnant” to the 1st Amendment and declared it unconstitutional.
November 3, 2012
Re "Supreme importance," Opinion, Oct. 30 Richard Epstein, a professor at NYU Law School and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, argues that Mitt Romney would probably appoint Supreme Court justices who would "understand enough about the economic situation to restore these questions [on court decisions regarding economic policies] to the constitutional agenda. " He contends that such a restoration would limit the number of "poorly conceived laws" that have, in his opinion, disrupted "the operation of competitive markets" and exacted a "heavy economic toll.
April 4, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicts that the Supreme Court will rule, by a 6-3 vote, to uphold the healthcare law that she helped enact in 2010, though she acknowledged that “you never know what the court will do.” Speaking Tuesday at a luncheon at the Paley Center for Media in New York, Pelosi criticized Republican opponents of the law for asking the court to overturn it when the GOP typically objects to judicial intervention....
May 28, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court dealt a setback Tuesday to the campaign of abortion opponents to “defund” Planned Parenthood. Without comment, the justices turned away Indiana's defense of a 2011 law that would ban all Medicaid funds to an organization such as Planned Parenthood whose work includes performing abortions. The high court let stand decisions by a federal judge in Indiana and the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago that blocked the measure from taking effect.
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